Sri Lanka women's cricket team has made a great start in the ODI series against New Zealand. The team beat New Zealand by 9 wickets in the first ODI This is the first time in cricket history that Sri Lanka has defeated the New Zealand women's team. Earlier, in any format, the Sri Lankan women's team could not win over New Zealand.
The first match of the 3 ODI series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand women's cricket was played in Galle. Where New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first. Due to rain, this match was reduced to 28 overs instead of 50 overs. New Zealand scored 170 runs losing 5 wickets in 28 overs.
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Chasing 170, Sri Lanka got off to a strong start. Sri Lankan opening batsmen Chamari Atapattu and Vishami Gunaratne put on 159 runs for the first wicket and took their team to the threshold of victory. Captain Chamari Atapattu scored an unbeaten 108 runs. At the same time, Gunaratne was dismissed after scoring 50 runs in 74 balls. Sri Lanka women's team defeated New Zealand team for the first time in any format.
Chamari Atapattu became the first female cricketer from Sri Lanka to score 3000 runs in ODI career. He achieved this feat in the 13th over of the innings. Also Chamari Atapattu scored his seventh ODI century. He scored an unbeaten 108 off 83 balls with the help of 10 fours and five sixes.
Chamari Atapattu now has 3059 ODI runs in 93 matches. She has scored runs in women's ODIs at an average of 33.61 and a strike rate of 71.10. Notably, Chamari Atapattu has been in tremendous form so far in 2023, scoring 219 runs in three ODIs at an average of 109.50 and a strike rate of 121.66.